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Both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley have things to prove.
For Pacquiao, he wants to show the world Bradley got the benefit of bad judging in their first matchup. For Bradley, who scored a controversial split decision win over Pacquiao, it is about respect.
Beating Pacquiao a second time would prove the first fight was not a fluke and that Bradley is among the best in the world.
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Light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan is looking for something bigger.
The Long Beach native picked up the 20th win of his career after a first-round TKO of Matt Vanda on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t the kind of challenge Monaghan (20-0) was looking for as Vanda pulled out of the fight because of a biceps injury.
Monaghan’s hope is that the manner...Read more »
So why does Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for a second time make sense?
The first meeting between the two ended in controversy as Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory many believed he didn’t deserve.
The two will hook up again on April 12 at the MGM Grand on HBO PPV.
So why a second meeting?
Bradley (31-0) has done a lot since his win over Pacquiao (55-5),...Read more »
When negotiations for a megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began in late 2009, the initial roadblock was drug testing.
Mayweather, in addition to the standard urine tests fighters are required to take, wanted Olympic-style blood testing. Pacquiao balked at the demand and the fight didn’t take place.
The second time around, it was about the money. Mayweather wanted...Read more »
Adrien Broner promised that Marcos Maidana will “bring something else” out of him.
Broner (27-0) a rising star, will be making second appearance in the ring as a welterweight when he takes on Maidana at the Alamodome on Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
The 24-year-old, in his most recent fight at Barclays Center last June, scored a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi.
It was his...Read more »
So the WBC went ahead and rated Manny Pacquiao its No. 1 welterweight, with the hope that division champion Floyd Mayweather will eventually break down and fight him.
Is it wishful thinking?
It was wishful thinking until reports surfaced that Pacquiao (55-5-2) is in major financial trouble with U.S. and Filipino tax officials.
Pacquiao has yet to speak publicly about his money...Read more »
Will U.S. boxing fans ever see Manny Pacquiao fight on their soil again?
From the way Top Rank boss Bob Arum sounded on a recent conference call, the States may not be graced by Pacquiao’s presence anytime soon.
Pacquiao’s last 14 bouts have been in the United States, most of them in Las Vegas. He fought Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito at Cowboy Stadium and Jorge Solis at the Alamodome...Read more »
Floyd Mayweather said he’s going to fight again in May and September, as part of his six-fight deal with SHOWTIME. The question is who is left?
Everyone wants to fight Mayweather. In addition to wanting to become part of history by fighting the word’s finest boxer, it’s an easy way to get rich. These days, anyone who fights Mayweather is pretty much guaranteed to earn the biggest pay check...Read more »
What’s next for Floyd Mayweather Jr.? The simple answer: whatever he wants. Truth be told, that is probably the only answer.
Mayweather is in a unique position where he has his pick of who he wants to fight, where and when. That’s a rarity in boxing these days, as promoters are often times running the show.
Need proof? Why didn’t Nonito Donaire fight Abner Mares? The two didn’t fight...Read more »
So just how big is this weekend for Canelo Alvarez? A convincing win against Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night would put him in the driver’s seat for his next fight.
No, it doesn’t mean Alvarez, the WBC 154-pound champion, is guaranteed a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fall, but it will give him some leverage if Mayweather wants the fight.
Since both...Read more »